Buccaneers Falcons Betting – Buccaneers, Falcons Clash For Top Spot in NFC South
When it comes to making NFL picks, there is never a guarantee. Anyone who would have projected before the 2010-11 season got underway that after eight weeks of action the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be tied for the best record in the NFC, while both the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings were in the basements of their respective divisions, would have been considered crazy. But at 5-2 the Buccaneers are tied with the Atlanta Falcons for first place in the NFC South, setting up a highly anticipated battle for first place this Sunday in Georgia.
NFL Betting: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons
Online Sports Betting: Falcons – 8
Unlike the Buccaneers, the Falcons were expected to be a contender in 2010-11. After having a four-game winning streak ended with a 31-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta bounced back by knocking off the Cincinnati Bengals 39-32 last Sunday.
Why To Bet On The Buccaneers?
Even with five wins through their first seven games, it’s hard to find a reason to bet on Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers rank 18th both running and passing the ball on offense, and have yet to establish an identity. Running back Cadillac Williams has become just another number after averaging just 2.5 yards per carry so far this season, but there is some hope in that rookie LaGarette Blount has rushed for 192 yards through the past two wins, including 120 and two touchdowns in last Sunday’s 38-25 win at Arizona. Blount may have a tougher time against the Falcons’ run defense. Although the defense ranks 13th against the pass, the fact that the Buccaneers are 30th in the league against the run may have something to do with that, as opposition offenses choose to pound the rock instead of try the air.
Why To Bet On The Falcons?
A perfect home record has Atlanta in the thick of the NFC playoff race at the midseason mark. Head coach Mike Smith preaches toughness in the running game on both offense and defense, and his philosophy has been illustrated with the Falcons ranking sixth both rushing the ball and stopping the run. Running backs Michael Turner and Jason Snelling have averaged 4.5 and 4.3 yards per carry this season, and have five touchdowns combined. Quarterback Matt Ryan has continued to show improvement with 1,714 yards and 12 touchdowns, and after a full week off to scout the Buccaneers’ defense, the Falcons’ signal caller could be primed for a big sportsbook bonus week.
How The Game Will Play Out
While the Buccaneers have found ways to win their first three football betting games on the road, the string of good fortune the team has encountered is about to come to an end. Tampa Bay doesn’t excel in any one area, and their weaknesses will be exposed by a tough Falcons’ team. Atlanta is focused and ready, and with the extra bye week to prepare for this division showdown, there is no reason to believe they won’t make a statement to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC South.
Buccaneers Falcons Betting Pick: Falcons